Fact Tank Dec. 18, 2014

5 key takeaways about political engagement in emerging and developing nations

Beginning with the Arab Spring, high-profile protest movements erupted in several emerging and developing countries over the last few years. Millions have demonstrated, and activists have pioneered new forms of online engagement, but who really participates, and how?

Dec. 17, 2014

Census Bureau proposes dropping some marriage and divorce questions

The U.S. Census Bureau has proposed dropping a series of questions about marriage and divorce from its largest household survey of Americans, touching off a debate about the usefulness of such data.

Dec. 17, 2014

America’s wealth gap between middle-income and upper-income families is widest on record

The gap between America’s upper-income and middle-income families has reached its highest level on record. In 2013, the median wealth of the nation’s upper-income families ($639,400) was nearly seven times the median wealth of middle-income families ($96,500).

Fact Tank Dec. 16, 2014

With fewer new arrivals, Census lowers Hispanic population projections

A new Census Bureau projection for growth in the Hispanic population projection by 2050 is lower—by nearly 30 million—than earlier population projections published by the bureau.

Fact Tank Dec. 16, 2014

Do lower gasoline prices make for confident consumers?

Lower gas prices tend to improve consumer sentiment, but the actual impact on the overall economy probably is small.

Fact Tank Dec. 15, 2014

Conflicts continue over nativity scenes on public property

Most Americans favor allowing religious displays like nativity scenes to be placed on government property.

Dec. 12, 2014

Wealth inequality has widened along racial, ethnic lines since end of Great Recession

The median wealth of white households was 13 times the wealth of black households and 10 times that of Hispanic households in 2013, compared with eight and nine times, respectively, in 2010.

Fact Tank Dec. 12, 2014

For some, the satiric ‘Colbert Report’ is a trusted source of political news

Here are some key facts from about who has heard of, gets news from and trusts The Colbert Report as a source for political news.

Fact Tank Dec. 11, 2014

Retailers still rely on holiday sales, but not quite as much as they used to

Sales at many retailers spike during the year-end holiday season, but holiday sales overall are a bit less significant than they were two decades ago.

Fact Tank Dec. 11, 2014

Texas tops list of states where this year’s unaccompanied child migrants ended up

One-in-three (36%) of the nearly 54,000 unaccompanied children released to sponsors over the past year after their apprehension by immigration authorities have been placed in homes in three states – Texas, New York and California.